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Four players leave OSU football team

CORVALLIS — Oregon State announced Monday that four players are leaving the football program.

Redshirt freshman Nick Mitchell, juniors Malik Gilmore and Luke Hollingsworth and sophomore Chris Hayes have elected to leave the football program, according to head coach Gary Andersen.

This comes after the Beavers completed a 2-10 season Friday with a 52-42 loss at rival Oregon. OSU was 0-9 in Pac-12 Conference play.

Mitchell played in five games at quarterback, completing 51 of 113 pass attempts for 571 yards with three touchdowns. He finished second on the team for total offense with 649 yards.

The North Bend, Wash., native will be required to redshirt if he elects to transfer to another Football Bowl Subdivision program per NCAA rules, but could compete immediately at another level. He earned a spot on the Pac-12 Conference’s honorable mention all-academic team.

“I want to thank coach Andersen for the opportunity at Oregon State and wish all of my teammates outstanding success in the future,” Mitchell said.

Gilmore finished his junior year at linebacker, but played a majority of his career at wide receiver where he made eight receptions.

He will graduate following summer term with a bachelor’s degree in economics and is a member of this year’s Pac-12 Conference honorable mention academic team. He intends to transfer following graduation and would be immediately eligible for one season at any level.

“Personally, this is the best decision for me and I have the utmost respect for coach Andersen and my teammates,” Gilmore said.

Hollingsworth played two seasons for the Beavers at defensive end following a transfer from Snow College. He appeared in eight career games for OSU, compiling 13 tackles. Hollingsworth will graduate following summer term with a bachelor’s degree in history and also will be eligible to compete for one year instantly at another university.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that Oregon State presented me to further my education,” Hollingsworth said. “I wish my coaches and teammates the best of luck."

Hayes was a member of the team for three years as scout team cornerback.

“Change is not always easy, but these young men embraced it and made valuable contributions to help build the foundation of this program, and we thank them for that,” Andersen said.